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« Reply #135 on: July 09, 2010, 04:24:58 PM »

This is nice:  http://www.patriarchate.org/multimedia/photos?setID=72157624269030967  (see photos)

On Monday, June 28, 2010, renowned Hollywood actor Jim Belushi visited the Phanar with his family to receive the blessing of His All Holiness. Belushi and his children are Albanian Orthodox Christians.

This one surprised me.
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« Reply #136 on: July 14, 2010, 05:47:41 AM »
I recall seeing a news clip of his brother John's funeral, from a small wooden structure, an Albanian Orthodox Church in Hyanis Port MA, as I recall.
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« Reply #137 on: September 19, 2010, 01:02:25 PM »
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« Reply #138 on: January 09, 2011, 02:51:45 AM »
I have a hard time believing that Serj Tankian is an Orthodox Christian. If he is, his priest should wash his mouth out with soap, based on some of the stuff he sings (e.g. the song Violent Pornography) ;)
From the man's mouth: "About religion- My religion is the same as the trees out there. It's the same inspiration. Whatever moves them, moves me. I believe that we're animals. I know we are because we die and we eat and we ****. And all modern religions to me are false. All modern religions come from a time of what we call civilization. Civilization has only existed ten thousand years among millions of years of man being on this planet. Everything before civilization is called prehistory. The reason that I don't give credence to modern religions is because they are only partially true. Because they were started from after civilization." He's a talented musician and lyricist, but I'm guessing he doesn't practice Orthodoxy (although it's quite possible he was Baptized). A name I'm surprised hasn't been mentioned is Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos. Actually, I'm not surprised. It's very hard to spell that name, and many wouldn't want to embarrass themselves trying. Going by his Wiki article, his father is Dean Emeritus at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and he's considered becoming a priest himself.
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« Reply #139 on: January 09, 2011, 03:00:17 AM »
I have a hard time believing that Serj Tankian is an Orthodox Christian. If he is, his priest should wash his mouth out with soap, based on some of the stuff he sings (e.g. the song Violent Pornography) ;)
From the man's mouth: "About religion- My religion is the same as the trees out there. It's the same inspiration. Whatever moves them, moves me. I believe that we're animals. I know we are because we die and we eat and we ****. And all modern religions to me are false. All modern religions come from a time of what we call civilization. Civilization has only existed ten thousand years among millions of years of man being on this planet. Everything before civilization is called prehistory. The reason that I don't give credence to modern religions is because they are only partially true. Because they were started from after civilization." He's a talented musician and lyricist, but I'm guessing he doesn't practice Orthodoxy (although it's quite possible he was Baptized). A name I'm surprised hasn't been mentioned is Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos. Actually, I'm not surprised. It's very hard to spell that name, and many wouldn't want to embarrass themselves trying. Going by his Wiki article, his father is Dean Emeritus at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and he's considered becoming a priest himself.

George's sister is an Orthodox nun in the ROCOR Church in the Holy Land.

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« Reply #140 on: January 09, 2011, 04:59:38 AM »
Some people who I was pleasantly surprised to see on this list:

Dwayne Wade
Bill Evans

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Eastern_Orthodox_Christians

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« Reply #141 on: January 09, 2011, 05:14:47 AM »
Dwayne Wade

Impossible! He publically invited the devil into his house!  :P Seriously though, thanks for posting the info/link.


EDIT--As I look at the list, I'm suprised there aren't more NHL players that are Orthodox.
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« Reply #142 on: January 09, 2011, 12:03:09 PM »
Dwayne Wade

EDIT--As I look at the list, I'm suprised there aren't more NHL players that are Orthodox.

I had a similar sentiment. I have a feeling that is a pretty incomplete list.

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« Reply #143 on: January 09, 2011, 02:43:20 PM »
Ted Leonsis, owner of the Capitals (Hockey) and the Wizards ( B-Ball).
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« Reply #144 on: January 09, 2011, 02:58:13 PM »
Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings wants to celebrate Russian Christmas, but the interviewer keeps asking questions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=525_UhZ1EIg

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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #145 on: January 09, 2011, 07:34:46 PM »
Some people who I was pleasantly surprised to see on this list:

Dwayne Wade
Bill Evans

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Eastern_Orthodox_Christians
I'd be careful how much credence I give to this list, though. Take "Pistol" Pete Maravich, for instance. I can remember how toward the end of his life he was quite close with Dr. James Dobson, enough so that Dr. Dobson gave a stirring eulogy in Pete's memory on his "Focus on the Family" program shortly after the basketball star died suddenly in the mid 1980's. I'm not sure a fundamentalist such as Dr. Dobson would have effused so much praise upon the Christian faith of someone who died Orthodox. (IIRC, Dr. Dobson claimed to have been with Mr. Maravich when he died--collapsed of cardiac arrest at age 40 during a pickup game of basketball.)

Everyone named on that list may have been Orthodox at some point in their lives, even if considered Orthodox by ethnicity only, but that doesn't mean that everyone on that list who is still living would call themselves Orthodox today.
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« Reply #146 on: January 09, 2011, 09:18:53 PM »
Dwayne Wade

Impossible! He publically invited the devil into his house!  :P

Another interesting FYI about Wade...it is said that he wears the #3 in honor of the Holy Trinity.

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« Reply #147 on: January 09, 2011, 10:16:55 PM »
Dwayne Wade

Impossible! He publically invited the devil into his house!  :P

Another interesting FYI about Wade...it is said that he wears the #3 in honor of the Holy Trinity.
Another interesting thing about him is that I've always seen his name spelled Dwyane--in this case where the "Y" precedes the "A", I guess the "Y" is silent.
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« Reply #148 on: April 07, 2011, 02:37:26 AM »
Found this video the other day: Novak Djokovic says (in match with a Greek) that "we are truly Orthodox brothers".
http://youtu.be/kQzIzXPWK8M

On a somewhat related note, I've learned whilst being here in Greece that the #1 Greek soccer/football team, Olympiacos FC is in a "brotherhood" with a couple other teams, and they call themselves the "Orthodox Brothers"...
The "Orthodox Brothers" (in soccer) consists of:
Olympiacos FC (1st in Greece); Red Star Belgrade (2nd in Serbia); FC Spartak Moscow (4th in Russia).

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« Reply #149 on: April 09, 2011, 01:05:53 PM »
Isn't Jennifer Aniston Orthodox?  I know that her family is Greek, so ergo . .

Seeing Jennifer Aniston's lifestyle.... I would say no.
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« Reply #150 on: April 09, 2011, 01:31:26 PM »
Isn't Jennifer Aniston Orthodox?  I know that her family is Greek, so ergo . .

Seeing Jennifer Aniston's lifestyle.... I would say no.
Evan Lysacek is Orthodox (Olympic figure skater)
While it saddens me to say this, you cannot judge an Orthodox Christian by their lifestyle...

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« Reply #151 on: April 09, 2011, 02:41:57 PM »
Isn't Jennifer Aniston Orthodox?  I know that her family is Greek, so ergo . .

Seeing Jennifer Aniston's lifestyle.... I would say no.
Evan Lysacek is Orthodox (Olympic figure skater)

What is it about her lifestyle you dont like? She is an accomplished actress. She was dumped by her husband for another woman. All the Movies and TV I have seen her in are relatively wholesome.
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« Reply #152 on: April 10, 2011, 07:08:30 AM »
I like Jennifer Aniston a lot, I find her exceptionally attractive, and I don't think we should judge her life style, anymore than we should judge our fellow man.  She does officially list herself as Greek Orthodox, claiming St. Sophia G.O. Cathedral in L.A. as her parish, but it was reported that her father, soap opera actor John Aniston, was disappointed when she did not get married to Brad Pitt in the Orthodox Church.  (She has embraced her Greek heritage, having lived in Greece in her youth, she vacations in her family's home village regularly.  Her Godfather was the late Telly Savalas.)
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« Reply #153 on: April 10, 2011, 09:33:56 AM »
Isn't Jennifer Aniston Orthodox?  I know that her family is Greek, so ergo . .

Seeing Jennifer Aniston's lifestyle.... I would say no.
Evan Lysacek is Orthodox (Olympic figure skater)

What is it about her lifestyle you dont like? She is an accomplished actress. She was dumped by her husband for another woman. All the Movies and TV I have seen her in are relatively wholesome.

My wife has made me sit through a number of unwholesomely awful rom coms starring Aniston.
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« Reply #154 on: April 10, 2011, 02:24:10 PM »
My wife has made me sit through a number of unwholesomely awful rom coms starring Aniston.
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« Reply #155 on: April 10, 2011, 02:29:23 PM »
Isn't Jennifer Aniston Orthodox?  I know that her family is Greek, so ergo . .

Seeing Jennifer Aniston's lifestyle.... I would say no.
Evan Lysacek is Orthodox (Olympic figure skater)

What is it about her lifestyle you dont like? She is an accomplished actress. She was dumped by her husband for another woman. All the Movies and TV I have seen her in are relatively wholesome.

My wife has made me sit through a number of unwholesomely awful rom coms starring Aniston.

Isn't that the time to pull out the "Gee dear, you should really have some girls night out time with your friends!" ??  ;)
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« Reply #156 on: April 10, 2011, 04:14:45 PM »
I like Jennifer Aniston a lot, I find her exceptionally attractive, and I don't think we should judge her life style, anymore than we should judge our fellow man.  She does officially list herself as Greek Orthodox, claiming St. Sophia G.O. Cathedral in L.A. as her parish, but it was reported that her father, soap opera actor John Aniston, was disappointed when she did not get married to Brad Pitt in the Orthodox Church.  (She has embraced her Greek heritage, having lived in Greece in her youth, she vacations in her family's home village regularly.  Her Godfather was the late Telly Savalas.)

It seems to me that getting married outside the church nets one an excommunication, so unless she was given a dispensation, she wouldn't be Orthodox in good standing, but who knows, maybe she did. I guess that's between her and her spiritual father/confessor/bishop.

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« Reply #157 on: April 10, 2011, 04:49:21 PM »
Isn't Jennifer Aniston Orthodox?  I know that her family is Greek, so ergo . .

Seeing Jennifer Aniston's lifestyle.... I would say no.
Evan Lysacek is Orthodox (Olympic figure skater)

What is it about her lifestyle you dont like? She is an accomplished actress. She was dumped by her husband for another woman. All the Movies and TV I have seen her in are relatively wholesome.

My wife has made me sit through a number of unwholesomely awful rom coms starring Aniston.

Isn't that the time to pull out the "Gee dear, you should really have some girls night out time with your friends!" ??  ;)

We've come up with a system where, for each of these movies, I get a "Rambo card" whereby she must watch with me an equally terrible action flick.
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« Reply #158 on: April 10, 2011, 09:53:01 PM »
Isn't Jennifer Aniston Orthodox?  I know that her family is Greek, so ergo . .

Seeing Jennifer Aniston's lifestyle.... I would say no.
Evan Lysacek is Orthodox (Olympic figure skater)

What is it about her lifestyle you dont like? She is an accomplished actress. She was dumped by her husband for another woman. All the Movies and TV I have seen her in are relatively wholesome.

My wife has made me sit through a number of unwholesomely awful rom coms starring Aniston.

Isn't that the time to pull out the "Gee dear, you should really have some girls night out time with your friends!" ??  ;)

We've come up with a system where, for each of these movies, I get a "Rambo card" whereby she must watch with me an equally terrible action flick.

Make her watch this one. Pound for pound it's the most Manly battle scene in all cinema:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrZbUS0MaY4
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« Reply #159 on: April 11, 2011, 02:54:29 PM »
Isn't Jennifer Aniston Orthodox?  I know that her family is Greek, so ergo . .

Seeing Jennifer Aniston's lifestyle.... I would say no.
Evan Lysacek is Orthodox (Olympic figure skater)

Speaking of Olympic Skaters, IS Evan's arch rival Johnny Weir Orhodox or just a Russophile?  They said he taught himself Russian and I saw him bless himself before eaating in the Orthodox manner.

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« Reply #160 on: April 11, 2011, 07:55:28 PM »
Isn't Jennifer Aniston Orthodox?  I know that her family is Greek, so ergo . .

Seeing Jennifer Aniston's lifestyle.... I would say no.
Evan Lysacek is Orthodox (Olympic figure skater)

Speaking of Olympic Skaters, IS Evan's arch rival Johnny Weir Orhodox or just a Russophile?  They said he taught himself Russian and I saw him bless himself before eaating in the Orthodox manner.

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I remember having a conversation with some friends on him, I think we concluded, based on some things he said, that he's a Russophile, but I don't remember the conversation well enough to provide evidence of this.

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« Reply #161 on: April 16, 2011, 12:37:41 PM »
I like Jennifer Aniston a lot, I find her exceptionally attractive, and I don't think we should judge her life style, anymore than we should judge our fellow man.  She does officially list herself as Greek Orthodox, claiming St. Sophia G.O. Cathedral in L.A. as her parish, but it was reported that her father, soap opera actor John Aniston, was disappointed when she did not get married to Brad Pitt in the Orthodox Church.  (She has embraced her Greek heritage, having lived in Greece in her youth, she vacations in her family's home village regularly.  Her Godfather was the late Telly Savalas.)

It seems to me that getting married outside the church nets one an excommunication, so unless she was given a dispensation, she wouldn't be Orthodox in good standing, but who knows, maybe she did. I guess that's between her and her spiritual father/confessor/bishop.

That marriage occurred 11 years ago, and ended 6 years ago. Like the end of your post says, it's between her and her Priest/Confessor. We don't have any business judging her in that way.

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« Reply #162 on: April 16, 2011, 12:41:58 PM »
Isn't Jennifer Aniston Orthodox?  I know that her family is Greek, so ergo . .

Seeing Jennifer Aniston's lifestyle.... I would say no.
Evan Lysacek is Orthodox (Olympic figure skater)

Speaking of Olympic Skaters, IS Evan's arch rival Johnny Weir Orhodox or just a Russophile?  They said he taught himself Russian and I saw him bless himself before eaating in the Orthodox manner.

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From what I read, Johnny Weir is just a Russophile, he isn't Orthodox, rather he is a Roman Catholic (but practices Kabballah?).
I know we just finished a discussion on personal behavior, and I'm not judging him, but he has viewpoints and openly practices behavior contrary to Orthodox teaching and tradition.

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« Reply #163 on: April 20, 2011, 09:12:12 PM »
Some great Orthodox Christians, maybe less known ones.

None the less till Orthodox brothers,  Praise God!   :)


Ibō Takahashi - was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II

Yadegar Moxammat - was the last khan of Kazan Khanate  (Converted from Islam)



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« Reply #164 on: April 20, 2011, 09:18:55 PM »
Ibō Takahashi - was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II

This reminds me:

Sugihara Chiune, Japanese convert to Orthodoxy and rescuer of persecuted Jews during the second world war.

Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiune_Sugihara

Short documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAwqhytNAjY

OCnet thread: http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,8973.0.html
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« Reply #165 on: April 20, 2011, 09:27:55 PM »

This reminds me:

Sugihara Chiune, Japanese convert to Orthodoxy and rescuer of persecuted Jews during the second world war.

Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiune_Sugihara

Short documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAwqhytNAjY

OCnet thread: http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,8973.0.html

Indeed there are many Japanese brothers and sisters! God willing there will be more and more each day.

Another Japanese brother is

Nobori Shomu : He was a famous translator in the form of literature translation

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« Reply #166 on: April 20, 2011, 09:32:50 PM »
St. Peter of Rostov, a Mongol prince who became a wonder-worker
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« Reply #167 on: April 20, 2011, 09:42:10 PM »
St. Peter of Rostov, a Mongol prince who became a wonder-worker

I think he was Tatar, there are so many Tatar Orthodox many of which have taken on the Russian Ethnic identity, although Tatar grous such as the Nağaybäklär, Keräşens and Volga Tatar groups are Orthodox today.

a good example is the famous

Abraham of Bulgaria : (Bulgaria meaning Volga Bulgaria not the European nation)  :)

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« Reply #168 on: April 20, 2011, 09:45:57 PM »
St. Peter of Rostov, a Mongol prince who became a wonder-worker

I think he was Tatar, there are so many Tatar Orthodox many of which have taken on the Russian Ethnic identity

The term "Tatar" was/ is used in Russia and the West to designate a great array of peoples, including Mongols, who are not all really Tatars.
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« Reply #169 on: April 20, 2011, 09:57:24 PM »
Tatarlar or Tatar in English does describe the people of the Volga regions but they are a distinct form of Altaic people i.e. related like the previous groups I listed Qazan (Kazan) Tatars being the main type living in Tatarstan, RU today.  Mongolians are not Tatars never have been called Tatars although Tatars themselves are Mongolic meaning they desend from the Mongols, if we call every ethnicity which is partially Mongol Tatar then the entire Eastern European and Asian continent will be Tatar. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatars

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« Reply #170 on: April 20, 2011, 10:14:17 PM »
The term "Tatar" was indeed applied to Mongols by Russians and other Europeans. Obviously it is not an accurate application of the term but historically it is common. One rarely sees the term "Mongol" in medieval European sources. The invaders under Genghis and Batu Khan were called "Tatars" but they were Mongols. St. Peter of Rostov was a Mongol (belonging to the Golden Horde) but he is called a Tatar.
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« Reply #171 on: April 21, 2011, 12:59:09 AM »
The term "Tatar" was indeed applied to Mongols by Russians and other Europeans. Obviously it is not an accurate application of the term but historically it is common. One rarely sees the term "Mongol" in medieval European sources. The invaders under Genghis and Batu Khan were called "Tatars" but they were Mongols. St. Peter of Rostov was a Mongol (belonging to the Golden Horde) but he is called a Tatar.

Fair enough, so they used to call Mongols Tatar?  How did the Russian distinguish from Mongol and (Volga Tatar i.e. Kazan) when they conqured Kazan?  I never knew this.  It's like calling Americans English or Canadians English because somwhere down the track many of them originated from there.
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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #172 on: April 21, 2011, 08:27:49 AM »
The term "Tatar" was indeed applied to Mongols by Russians and other Europeans. Obviously it is not an accurate application of the term but historically it is common. One rarely sees the term "Mongol" in medieval European sources. The invaders under Genghis and Batu Khan were called "Tatars" but they were Mongols. St. Peter of Rostov was a Mongol (belonging to the Golden Horde) but he is called a Tatar.

Fair enough, so they used to call Mongols Tatar?  How did the Russian distinguish from Mongol and (Volga Tatar i.e. Kazan) when they conqured Kazan?  I never knew this.  It's like calling Americans English or Canadians English because somwhere down the track many of them originated from there.

I don't know if they had a separate term for the Volga Tatars. It's funny what you say about "English," the Amish tend to call any outsider "English."
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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #173 on: June 10, 2011, 06:21:39 PM »
Dave Gahan.

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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #174 on: March 01, 2012, 08:41:30 PM »

Look!  She's crossing herself!!

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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #175 on: March 01, 2012, 09:31:55 PM »


Famous Orthodox Christian;  Jesus

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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #176 on: March 01, 2012, 09:51:28 PM »
Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers is Eastern Orthodox. He's a convert.
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« Reply #177 on: March 02, 2012, 01:26:10 AM »
The guy who played in Tuck Everlasting, what's his name?
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Re: Famous Orthodox Christians
« Reply #178 on: March 02, 2012, 01:45:08 AM »
Jennifer Aniston-Raised Greek Orthodox and had a Greek Orthodox wedding in her show 'Friends'.

Eminem-Converted to Orthodoxy before going into rehab, in many of his videos he is seen crossing himself from right to left.

Jim Belushi-Raised in the Albanian Orthodox Church, recently just met the Patriarch I think.

John Belushi-Raised in the Albanian Orthodox Church as well.

Tom Hanks-Not sure of the details

Bob Marley-Converted to Ethiopian Orthodoxy right before his death. He actually attempted to be Baptised three times before in the past but it was always postponed because of death threats to his Bishop. He waited until his death bed in New York before converting.

I just watched videos of Bear Grylls jumping out of airplanes, he does cross himself from right to left... But with his full hand like many Catholics, not with three fingers.

Interesting. Perhaps he is an Eastern Rite Catholic?
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« Reply #179 on: March 02, 2012, 03:46:21 AM »
Tom Hanks-Not sure of the details

He converted in 1988 to marry actress Rita Wilson (born Margarita Ibrahimov to Bulgarian and Greek parents).